Is The Path to Being and Idol Worth It?

For years, many consumers of KPop, or related content have raised questions about the system under which idols are trained and then allowed to debut. The agency system is simple to follow: you audition for an agency, they like you and then accept you, you train under them till they are satisfied and then you debut. However, reality is not as simple as many former trainees accuse agencies of being sexist, of depriving them of basic needs and making their lives near impossible. They state that they often are not given enough food to keep up their energy and are made to train until their health gives in. These accusations are generally against SM Entertainment, one of the Big Three companies, who have produced acts like EXO, SNSD, SHINee, and NCT. When you read about these allegations, you cannot help but think, is it worth becoming an idol after that much effort? Because, following debut too, they do not earn properly until the company takes the share they invested in training the idol. We feel that it is a grey area, as many idols believe that the system is what pushes them to do their best. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!